11 years of Marvel Movies ranked

*This is an opinion article and these are my personal feelings about each movie

22. Thor: The Dark World

This is the most forgettable Marvel Movie by far with its stale plot and annoying characters that just make it almost unbearable to watch. The only redeeming quality of the movie is it introduces the Reality stone which is nice to know for the movie following.

21. Thor

Thor is bad because the plot is not interesting at all and the characters on earth are annoying (just like in the other movie). Also, they try to make it funny, similar to Iron Man, but none of the jokes land and the whole movie is hard to sit through.

20. The Incredible Hulk

This movie is basically not even associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the main actor from Hulk switches from Edward Norton in this movie to Mark Ruffalo in the following movies. The CGI in this movie is bad and the acting is bad and the plot is forgettable and it’s just overall not a very good movie.

19. Iron Man 2

After the first Iron Man was a success, a lot of people were hoping for a movie that was just as good, but what we got was disappointing. The villain is very uninteresting and can be described as an angry man with whips who loves his bird. The only quality that is interesting is Tony Stark getting his arc reactor in his chest removed and he doesn’t have to rely on it to live anymore.

18. Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is one of the most annoying main characters in a Marvel movie. She is super arrogant and unlikable and it’s tragic that she is the most powerful character in the MCU. The plot of the movie has no redeeming factors, but the technology used to de-age Samuel L. Jackson was pretty cool to see.

17. Ant-Man

Ant-Man has some decent moments and funny points in it but ultimately is forgettable and uninteresting. The best parts of the movie are when Scott Lang is trying to figure out how to be Ant-Man and Louise rambling about his schemes. Also, the way that the directors set up Scott’s relationship with his daughter is fun and they keep it going for the movies to come.

16. Ant-Man and the Wasp

This is just slightly better than the previous installment because it picks up from the events of the Civil War and the plot sets up the Quantum Realm which is very important for Avengers: Endgame. What they did with the fighting and how they really went for the fun factor with the whole shrinking and growing with different objects. The major flaw is the villains aren’t very interesting and the movie is oversaturated with the number of bad guys.

15. Avengers: Age of Ultron

This is the worst Avengers movie by a big margin because of the plot being not very fun and Ultron is not totally interesting. What is good about this movie is it introduces the Scarlet Witch and the events of Sokovia set up future movies and conflicts. There is also a lot of foreshadowing for Avengers: Endgame when you rewatch this.

14. Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is a pretty visually pleasing movie and sets up the time stone for the series and Doctor Strange as a powerful character in the universe. The main complaint with this movie is that Doctor Strange is not very likable as a person but he gets improved on in Infinity War and Endgame. The powers used by the hero and villains in the movie are unique and the visual effects are something to behold.

13. Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America is a good set-up for Steve Rogers and it sets up his relationships with Bucky (The Winter Soldier) and Peggy Carter. The story is pretty engaging and the setting of World War 2 is unique for a superhero movie. The story about sticking up for the little guy is a good plot point that is held up throughout the series as well. It is also a good movie to watch because it sets up the tesseract for the Avengers movie and Space Stone for Infinity War and Endgame.

12. Iron Man 3

This is a fairly decent installment in the franchise and proves that there doesn’t need to be constant action in a superhero movie for it to be entertaining. This is the first instance where we see Tony Stark as a father figure instead of an arrogant playboy who thinks he can do whatever he wants, which is nice to see character development over the movies. There is also a good portion of the movie about PTSD for Tony after the battle of New York and how soldiers cope after coming home from war.

11. Black Panther

Black Panther is a revolutionary movie because it is the first superhero movie with an almost all African American cast and African American superhero. The technology and CGI in the movie are for the most part really good and the costume design is also very unique and cool. The story and villain are one of the best and Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan are excellent. Also, the world building for Wakanda is incredibly well done and sets up things for the following movies as well.

10.  Captain America: Civil War

This is one of the most ambitious Marvel movies because it pits the heroes against each other instead of against a villain. The heroes are fighting over a cause that makes sense for both sides so it’s hard to choose a side to root for. One of the best parts of the movie, in my opinion, is the way they introduced Black Panther and Spider-Man into the franchise. The emotion in this movie is also one of the most pronounced parts because of the tension from the other movies and you don’t want anything bad to happen to any of the characters because they are all heroes, so it’s hard to wrap your head around it when the Avengers split up after this movie.

9. The Avengers

The Avengers has so many good parts that it’s hard to count. It’s funny, has good action, and was the first times these many superheroes were together at once. The one bad thing about this movie, though, is it has a pretty slow beginning and you kinda just want the action to start because it is kinda boring. Overall though, this is one of the most solid movies in the franchise because of the way the heroes interact for the first time and it’s cool to look back on and see how the relationships of the characters have progressed.

8. Avengers: Infinity War

This is personally where I would put this movie because, while it is good and high action and Thanos is a good villain, the stakes just didn’t seem high enough. The pressure of getting the infinity stones before Thanos and the high focus on him was excellent and seeing what everything led up to and the interactions after all this time were phenomenal. When Thanos snapped his fingers, though, and half the characters disappeared, I knew they would come back because that was too abrupt of an ending for the buildup over multiple years. I was satisfied though because this movie proved that superheroes don’t always win and it left us wondering what they were going to do next.

7. Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is by far the best Thor movie in the MCU. They finally made Thor funny and his counterparts do a fantastic job as well as creating a comedic tone to the movie that carries throughout the movie. The villain is really good as well and this goes with the theme of heroes not always being the winners. The character of Thor develops well from what he was in movies past and admits that he can’t defeat her, compared to him being an arrogant character that was hard to root for. The visuals are also some of the best in the MCU and seeing Thor’s lightning powers finally come into full power is really cool to see for him.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming

First off, Tom Holland is by far the best portrayal of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Beyond Tom Holland, though, the plot of the movie is really engaging and it’s fun to see Spider-Man go through his highs and lows of being a real superhero after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark is brilliantly done and makes us as the audience care for their relationship in the following movies. Also, Michael Keaton is really good as the Vulture and is really intimidating. All in all, this is one of the best superhero movies in the MCU and probably the best Spider-Man movie as well in my opinion.

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This movie has some of the best practical action sequences in a Marvel movie. The scene where Cap fights a bunch of guys in an elevator and fights to get out of the Shield compound is awesome. The Winter Soldier is one of the coolest villains in the MCU as well and the emotion behind Cap when he finds out that it’s actually his friend Bucky who he thought died in World War 2 is very well acted. This is one of the best Marvel Movies because of the fact that it’s always engaging and the acting and plot are some of the most well done in the MCU.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

One of my favorite superhero movies ever because of the way it mixes comedy, action, and beautiful visuals is amazing. All of the characters have things about them that are likable in each of their different ways and they play off of each other very well. The soundtrack is also a major factor why this movie is incredible with songs from the ’70s that really flow with the tone of the movie and play off of Peter Quill’s character. The one thing that could make this movie almost perfect would have been if they had a better villain because Ronin kinda sucks in my opinion, but everything else is masterfully done by James Gunn.

3. Iron Man

Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe and did so in a brilliant fashion. The reason I ranked this so high is that it has a special spot in my heart because Iron Man was the first superhero that I looked up to, even though he isn’t that great of a person at the beginning of this movie. The music again is a big piece of what makes this movie good. The hardcore rock that encapsulates Tony Stark’s personality makes him even cooler. Overall I love this movie so much because I think it is the best portrayal of Tony Stark and proves that Robert Downey Jr. is the best possible actor for this role, also the action doesn’t fell too fake and it seems a bit plausible.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians 2 is so good and is one of the few movies that make me tear up at the end. The trend between good soundtracks and good Marvel movies continues her with a soundtrack that is on par with the first movie. Again, the action is great mixed with the comedy which puts these movies on a different level than most movies. The story is overall better than the first one because of the setup from the first movie and the emotion behind Peter finding his father and him finally being happy to his betrayal by him is great. The best part of this movie is the chemistry with the actors and the story that proves that you can find a family in the most unlikely of places.

1. Avengers: Endgame

The 11-year setup is perfectly paid off in this movie and the resolution for some characters is perfect. The reason that this movie works so well is because of all of the previous movies and it may not be a great of a movie if you don’t understand the references to past movies or understand how some characters have developed into what they are today. I could not be more satisfied with this movie because all of the characters that I grew up with all come together in this movie and it honestly made me cry more than once when watching, for different reasons. This tops my list because of the superb story, intense action, thoughtful comedy, phenomenal acting, and the perfect ending for fans such as myself.

Overall, even if you don’t like superhero movies, you can’t deny the impact they have had on people’s lives and the entertainment industry as a whole and have changed movies and movie-going forever.